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Celebrate National Photograph Month
May is National Photo, Photograph, and Photography Month! Celebrate with the resources below that will help you and your students find free images.
Using images is a great opportunity to discuss the critical topics of copyright and Creative Commons. This curated list of resources provides the best of TeachersFirst's free image tools. Read the descriptions to find the perfect tool for your needs.
This site's goal is to provide a platform for emerging photographers to share their work. Check out these free, hand-picked images to use as you wish. Scroll through the site to view trending images or use the search feature to find images by keyword.
Openverse is a search tool for finding free images available in the public domain or under a Creative Commons license. Type your keyword in the search bar to begin browsing and narrow your options using the available filters, including image type.
Search various images in categories like famous people, news topics, animals, nature, and backgrounds. Click to filter by license to determine which images are free to able to be shared or modified. You can also create collections of images.
Cool Tools to Edit Photos and Create Projects
Try new ways to edit your photos using the resources shared in this section, many of which also allow you to create projects. Let your creativity run wild as you peruse these tools that your students can use to show what they know about a topic!
Upload an image from your computer or enter the URL of an image that includes people, and this tool will remove everything in the background in 5 minutes or less! Save your finished product for use in a class photo collage or in student projects.
This site is great for creating images for projects. Upload your photo or use one of the images available on this site (no registration required), then enhance and edit the image by adding text, borders, filters, and other effects.
Add text to any image or photo and share with no registration. Choose pictures from one of seven categories or upload your own. Change the color and length of the text and share on social media or by using the provided URL.
Simple as 1-2-3, this site transforms any image into the style of your chosen artist. Upload your picture, select the style, and you’ll receive an email with the image in about 15 minutes, depending on site traffic.
Create and share your photo collages with this tool—no registration required. Add or drag images on to the workspace to move and size pictures as desired, use the Auto Collage feature to place them, or select from ready-made templates.
Convert your photos into images that look like paintings. Choose and upload your picture to begin, then select from the two painting style options to customize the look of your image. You can also add outlines and change the brush size.
Construct online videos and use the photo editor to create and share short videos. Add text, include filters, change images to video, upload media from your computer using the provided boxes and personalize content as you wish.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join our weekly virtual workshop this Tuesday at 7 PM ET. We’re also sharing an engaging summer reading opportunity for your students and a related blog post. Finally, we kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 5/24, 7 PM ET
Come to this session to learn about three tools students can use to work with images for their projects. Understand the tenets of copyright and digital citizenship that apply to remixing and reusing images.
Explore three tools and how to use them to alter images »
Motivate your students to read this summer
Bookopolis offers three free ways to get your students reading this summer. Students can play READ-O & earn a free book, join the Bookopolis Reading Challenge to read 10 books or 1,000 minutes between 5/16/22 and 9/2/22, or explore summer reading lists.
Join the Bookopolis Reading Challenge »
Infusing Technology Blog
It’s essential to teach the proper use of images, whether they’re our own or borrowed from another source. This post shares resources for teaching and learning about digital citizenship, many of which contain info on the proper use of digital images.
Learn about more tools for finding, editing, and sharing images »
Share your thoughts with our community
This week, our poll asks, "What is your biggest challenge when using images in your lessons?" Share your thoughts and view the replies of others when you click to submit your response.
What is your biggest struggle with images? »
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